Every Farm Tells a Story: A tale of Family Farm Values

Every Farm Tells a Story A tale of Family Farm Values Before World War II farmers had few of the conveniences that were common in cities Many farmers continued to milk cows by hand pump water with windmills or gasoline engines light their way with ker

  • Title: Every Farm Tells a Story: A tale of Family Farm Values
  • Author: Jerry Apps
  • ISBN: 9780896585102
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Before World War II, farmers had few of the conveniences that were common in cities Many farmers continued to milk cows by hand, pump water with windmills or gasoline engines, light their way with kerosene lamps and lanterns, heat with woodstoves, and plant and harvest with horses And many had no indoor plumbing After war s end in 1945, change on the farm came rapidly.Before World War II, farmers had few of the conveniences that were common in cities Many farmers continued to milk cows by hand, pump water with windmills or gasoline engines, light their way with kerosene lamps and lanterns, heat with woodstoves, and plant and harvest with horses And many had no indoor plumbing After war s end in 1945, change on the farm came rapidly Electricity replaced lamps, lanterns, and gasoline engines New tractors replaced horses Hay balers made loose hay a memory Grain combines replaced threshing machines Not only was farm work transformed from 1945 to 1955, but so was life on farms and in rural communities Threshing, silo filling, and corn shredding bees, where farmers gathered to help each other, became memories Card games and neighborly visits were replaced by television Young people left the land because mechanization required less labor Large farms crowded out family farms Every Farm Tells a Story is a first person account of a small Wisconsin farm during and after World War II This living history is a collection of true tales inspired by entries in Jerry Apps s mother s farm account books The values recorded in the account books prompt recollections of his childhood and the traditional family farm values and ethics instilled in him by Ma and Pa About the Author A professor emeritus of agriculture at the University of Wisconsin Madison, author Jerry Apps has written than 35 books, many of them on rural history and country life Recent titles include When Chores Were Done and Humor from the Country His writing has earned awards from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association, and Barnes and Noble Booksellers, among others.

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    1. As has happened often when I need to read a book because of one of the clubs that I belong to, I end up reading books I never would have picked up in the first place. Jerry Apps memoir, Every Farm Tells a Story, is one of those books. He tells the story of farming in central Wisconsin near Wild Rose from before World War II. The best parts of this book were showing how the family farm and neighborhood changed through the years before World War II until much later when things like electricity cam [...]

    2. A fast read. Apps shares memories of his childhood on a Wisconsin farm near Wild Rose. Farming techniques have changed rapidly since the Depression and the author shares the impact of technology on the farm community. Though no one wants to go backward to those days, stronger communities existed because of the interdependence of community members. For anyone with an interest in farming or with a farm background, this was a good read.

    3. I guess because I have always been a suburban girl, I am sort of fascinated by farm life. So I wanted to see what it was like. And this was perfect for that.

    4. Loved this book. Was a relaxing book to read and talked about how farmers where back during the WW II era.

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